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Old 01-27-2014, 06:28 PM
 
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Hello,

I just got notice of a job interview tomorrow afternoon. It's with the CEO of a small (under 50 employees) company. It's my third interview here; I've seen the office, and it's pretty casual (nice jeans, sweaters, some guys in short sleeves) but since it's with the CEO I'm thinking I should go business professional, rather than business casual. I've got clothes for business professional, and I don't mind dressing that way. My instinct is to go with business professional, and run the risk of being over-dressed. Could doing so potentially backfire on me? I'm making a career change, so I'm feeling a bit out of my depth on these matters.
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Old 01-27-2014, 06:30 PM
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Would you really be docked points if you over-dressed?

I would wear a suit, but that's just me.
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Old 01-27-2014, 06:33 PM
 
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I can't see how it would backfire. Definitely professional dress for an interview.
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Old 01-27-2014, 06:40 PM
 
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I agree, wear a suit. It is the CEO!
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Old 01-27-2014, 07:27 PM
 
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Wear the suit.
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:11 PM
 
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You can wear a sports jacket and slacks. You could do the suit without a tie. It may still be overdressing. As long you aren't meeting Mark Zuckerberg, you should be ok. Don't outdress executive management by putting on a tie and suit.
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:25 PM
 
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I've since gone on the company website, and I realized that I caught a glimpse of the CEO when I was at the office. To my best recollection, he was wearing slacks and a button-down shirt. Maybe had a blazer in his office, I have no way of knowing. I feel like I should maybe go with my nicest business casual.
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:33 PM
 
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Always wear a suit with a CEO!
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:34 PM
 
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Why? There is no downside to meeting a CEO in a suit. It is an interview. I'm surprised this is even a question.
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:35 PM
 
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(go with your instinct + wear what makes you most confident and relaxed/happy) / 2 = what you wear tomorrow.
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